All news at a glance – news archive of the Cluster of Excellence

Research results, workshops, conferences, lectures, cultural projects and current research-based statements: you can find all news published online by the Cluster in chronological order here. In addition, information sent to the national and international media is provided in the press releases section.

A refugee’s personality is a factor that decides how successful integration is

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Refugees who are more willing to take risks, are more likely to return favours and are convinced that they have their own lives under control integrate more quickly into society, as a recent study shows. Among the authors is the psychologist Prof. Dr. Mitja Back from the Cluster of Excellence "Religion and Politics" at the University of Münster.

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The Cluster of Excellence 2060 “Religion and Politics. Dynamics of Tradition and Innovation” at the University of Münster, Germany, wishes to appoint a Research Associate (salary level TV-L E13, 65%) within the research project A3-16 under the direction of Prof Dr Silke Hensel.

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The Cluster of Excellence 2060 “Religion and Politics. Dynamics of Tradition and Innovation” at the University of Münster, Germany, wishes to appoint a Research Associate (salary level TV-L E13, 65%) within the research project A3-16 under the direction of Prof Dr Silke Hensel.

Newsletter presents new research programme

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The newsletter of the WWU Cluster of Excellence "Religion and Politics" has been published in time for the opening of the new funding phase. It presents the Cluster's new research programme and gives information about current research results, new publications and international conferences at the Cluster of Excellence.

New volume “Maps and Travel in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period“

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The volume "Maps and Travel in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period", edited by Prof. Dr. Katrin Kogman‐Appel, professor of Jewish Studies, discusses the world as it was known in the Medieval and Early Modern periods, focusing on projects concerned with mapping as a conceptual and artistic practice, with visual representations of space, and with destinations of real and fictive travel.

Were there any Middle Ages in Islam?

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The scholar of Arabic studies Prof. Dr. Thomas Bauer will discuss theses of his publication “Warum es kein islamisches Mittelalter gab” (Why There Were No Islamic Middle Ages) with researchers from history, philosophy and religious studies. The panel discussion on 25 April 2019 will deal with the benefits and disadvantages of epochal boundaries in a global historical perspective.

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The Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics. Dynamics of Tradition and Innovation” at the University of Münster, Germany, wishes to appoint a Research Associate (salary level TV-L E13, 65%) within the research project EXC 2060 A3-3 “Tradition and innovation of Graeco-Phoenician myths and cults in Roman Provincial Coinage” under the direction of Prof Dr Achim Lichtenberger.

Opening ceremony for new Cluster of Excellence funding phase

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The Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics. Dynamics of Tradition and Innovation” at the University of Münster will open the new funding phase within the Excellence Strategy of the federal and state governments with a ceremony on 10 May, where the renowned Oxford University historian Prof Dr Lyndal Roper will deliver a keynote lecture on “Cranach’s Luther”.

Research focus: Dynamics

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Legal scholar Prof. Nils Jansen, speaker of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”, Prof. Christopher Deninger and Prof. Mario Ohlberger from the Cluster of Excellence “Mathematics Münster, and the biochemist Prof. Lydia Sorokin from Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence explain what they understand by the term “dynamic” in their research.

“I can reach young Muslims in Germany and other countries”

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Islamic scholar Prof. Dr. Thomas Bauer is principal investigator in the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” and has been working hard to create a nuanced image of Islamic culture in Germany – often in difficult political times. In his portrait, the Leibniz Prize winner talks about ambiguity tolerance, clichés from the Arabian Nights and a forgotten Arab poet.

Power and Literature

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The Mediävistenverband has awarded its Doctoral Dissertation Prize to the dissertation “Macht und Literatur bei Timuriden und Habsburgern” (Power and Literature with the Timurids and Habsburgs) by the German philologist Kristina Rzehak.

Voices from Beyond

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A research project at the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” has approached the voice in a religious context: scholars have studied the voice as a medium of religious communication, and have discovered in historical testimonies, as well as in literature and artwork from various religions and cultures from antiquity to the present day, what can be called “voices from beyond”.

Postdoctoral Researcher Positions Available

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The interdisciplinary Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” at the University of Münster, Germany, is offering up to three Postdoctoral Researcher Positions.

PhD Positions Available

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The interdisciplinary Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics. Dynamics of Tradition and Innovation” at the University of Münster, Germany, is offering up to two PhD Positions.


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The University of Münster (Germany) wishes to appoint a three year 65 % Research Associate within the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics. Dynamics of Tradition and Innovation”, research project “Buildings Change Their Identity – Iberia 711–1609” under the direction of Prof. Dr. Katrin Kogman-Appel.

“The constitutional law of religion is ready for the future”

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Even 100 years after the constitutional law of religion was adopted, legal scholars believe that it is still suitable for addressing new challenges such as the integration of Islam. The new public lecture series “Conditions of Religious Modernity. 100 Years of the Constitutional Law of Religion in Germany” starts on 2 April.

“Religious education for all?”

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A new study by legal scholar Prof. Dr. Hinnerk Wißmann of the University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” asks how “religious education for all” challenges the current constitutional law of religion.

“I would never otherwise have asked how important religion is in law”

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Law scholar Prof Nils Jansen has been speaker of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” since this year. In his portrait, he talks about his research on Spanish late scholasticism and its influence on today's law as well as the advantages of interdisciplinary work in the Cluster of Excellence.

"I want to show Jewish culture in all its richness"

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With the Jewish studies scholar Katrin Kogman-Appel, the WWU succeeded in 2016 in bringing one of the most internationally renowned experts in this field to Münster. She enriches conversations about world religions, conversations for which the University offers ideal conditions, not least with the "Religion and Politics" Cluster of Excellence.

100 years of religious constitutional law

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The Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” is to host in the summer semester the public lecture series “Conditions of Religious Modernity: 100 years of religious constitutional law in Germany”. The lectures will take place in lecture hall J3 of the Juridicum, Universitätsstraße 14-16, in Münster every Tuesday at 18.15 from 2 April to 9 July.

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The Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics. Dynamics of Tradition and Innovation” at the University of Münster, Germany, wishes to appoint a Research Associate (salary level TV-L E13, 65%) within research project A3-7 under the direction of Prof. Dr. Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf.

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The Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics. Dynamics of Tradition and Innovation” at the University of Münster, Germany, wishes to appoint a Research Associate (salary level TV-L E13, 65%) within the research project “Religion as a Resource in European and International Climate Gov-ernance” under the direction of Prof Doris Fuchs.

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The Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics. Dynamics of Tradition and Innovation” at the University of Münster, Germany, wishes to appoint a Research Associate (salary level TV-L E13, 65%) within research project B3-10 under the direction of Prof. Dr. Albrecht Beutel.

Religion and Politics in Myanmar

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The Protestant theologian Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Großhans and the scholar of religious studies and theologian Prof. Dr. Perry Schmidt-Leukel have discussed Myanmar's tension-laden connections between ethnic and religious diversity at a conference in Yangon.

Christian-Muslim Dialogues

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In her habilitation thesis, the scholar of religious studies Dr. Jutta Sperber examined the Christian-Muslim dialogues of the Vatican until the death of Pope John Paul II for elements that characterise man and his position before God and in the world.

Handbook of Autobiography/Autofiction

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Autobiographical writings have been a major cultural genre from antiquity to the present time. A new three-volume handbook, edited by literary scholar Prof. Dr. Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf, offers a comprehensive survey of theoretical approaches, systematic aspects, and historical developments in an international and interdisciplinary perspective.

Award for Research into the NS Martyr Cult

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In Vienna, the historian Dr. Sarah Thieme was awarded the “Irma Rosenberg Prize” 2018 for research on the history of National Socialism. She received the prize for her dissertation on the National Socialist Martyr Cult.

“Catholicism and Religious Freedom”

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Just about fifty years ago, in its declaration on religious freedom at the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church programmatically dispensed with political coercion as a means of enforcing its claim to truth. In this volume the authors dispute how the Church came to its position.

Religion and Decision-making

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The new volume on religion and decision-making of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” examines religious decisions from antiquity to the present day. It is based on lectures given in two lecture series of the Cluster of Excellence.